Armed with pickers and bags, a team from Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), the city centre business alliance, took time out to participate in Nottingham City Council’s Big Nottingham Spring Clean.
Kick starting their weekly commitment to becoming Clean Champions this World Earth Day, the litter picking team from Nottingham BID focused on tidying up the area around their office on Wollaton Street in the city.
Nottingham BID’s CEO, Alex Flint said: “Participating in the Big Nottingham Spring Clean is the perfect opportunity for Nottingham BID to support Keep Britain Tidy’s ethos of working with businesses and organisations to help care for the environment on our doorsteps and ensure people live and work in places they can be proud of and prosper in.
“We all want to see positive changes to where we work and live and are asking city centre businesses to join us in bringing the sparkle back to our streets. Whether you’re a team of two or an office of two hundred, we’re calling on everyone to put down their pens and pick up a litter picker!
“It’s a great way to get some fresh air and to get to know your colleagues better as well as delivering Triple Bottom Line (people, planet and profits) goals and doing our bit for the environment.”
Councillor Sam Webster, Councillor for Castle Ward commented: “It's great to see Nottingham BID signing up to our Clean Champions scheme – now over 6000 people strong – and doing regular litter picks in the city centre.
“We all have a part to play in keeping Nottingham clean and I’m delighted that the team from Nottingham BID are getting involved and encouraging other city businesses to take part. Together, we can make such a big difference keeping rubbish off our streets, out of our waterways and recycling more to do our bit for the planet.”
This is all part of the wider picture for Nottingham BID, who in November of last year launched Green Healthy City - a campaign that provides Nottingham businesses and public with accessible information on how they can become more environmentally aware and make sustainable choices. The campaign supports Nottingham City Council's high-level objectives to achieve a resilient and sustainable carbon-neutral Nottingham by 2028 and be the first carbon neutral city in the UK.
As part of the Green Healthy City initiative, Nottingham BID is offering its members, over 700 businesses in the city centre, the opportunity to attend a fully funded Carbon Literacy training course in order for businesses to gain a solid awareness of climate change and to be motivated to create change within their home and work environments.
The online training sessions will be delivered by Nottingham Trent University and will give individuals the knowledge and tools to become ‘Green Champions’ within their business and introduce new ways to reduce carbon emissions and waste.
By successfully completing a minimum of 8 hours’ worth of Carbon Literacy training, learners will also be declared ‘Carbon Literate’ and receive a certificate issued by the nationally recognised Cooler Project.
Commenting further, Alex Flint, CEO of Nottingham BID said: “Together we can make Nottingham the UK's first carbon-neutral city, bringing benefits to all who live in, work in, and visit the city.”
To find out more about Green Healthy City visit: www.nottinghambid.com/green-healthy-city/
For any businesses wishing to take part in the Big Nottingham Spring Clean, organisations can get a FREE litter picking kit at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/cleanchampions.